The August waiver wire is a tricky time of year. The ins and outs of the revocable waiver wire and its Byzantine structure is enough to send even the most astute fan for a loop. No matter how often those with boots on the ground insist it, most fans howl at the thought of their favorite player dangling where any scrub team can claim him.
Alex Rios is no stranger to the waiver wire, as his passing from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Chicago White Sox in 2009 represented one of the rare times where the August wire behaved like a “true” waiver wire – the Jays let Rios and his contract go to Chicago for nothing.
While the move freed up a spot for the Jays to play Jose Bautista full time, one can’t help but think the Jays could have gotten something more than nothing for a player who posted nearly league-average offense and 99 steals for the ChiSox in 600 career games. But we digress…
Alex Rios was back on the waiver wire this August and was again claimed, this time by the Texas Rangers. Just when it looked like the 47 hour window for the two teams to make a deal would close and Rios would stay in Chicago comes news that he has, in fact, been traded to the Rangers for a players to be named later and cash considerations.
Leury Garcia is expected to be the player Texas will send to complete the deal. Whichever player they send must also pass through waivers, so Houston (the only team with a worse record than the White Sox) could potentially throw a monkey wrench in this part of the deal.
In the meantime, Texas has a new right fielder and the White Sox tanking continues unabated. Everybody wins!